Despite a partisan standoff, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week advanced the Kerry-Boxer climate change bill. Now a trio of senators -- John Kerry, D-Mass., Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. -- are hoping to forge compromise legislation that can secure 60 votes. However, the path to the finish line is steep -- Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., recently suggested that the Senate might wait until after the 2010 midterm elections to tackle climate change.
Should the Senate stop trying to pass an all-encompassing bill and instead concentrate on enacting the bipartisan energy package that the Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved earlier this year? What would be the ramifications -- both for the political landscape and the nation's energy mix -- of splitting the cap-and-trade bill from the energy measure? Can efforts by Kerry, Lieberman and Graham save climate change legislation?